The Big Question: Is your allergy the problem or is it a symptom of the problem?
In this article we investigate the idea that allergies are actually due to other fundamental, very basic imbalances in the body and the idea that fixing these imbalances could cure your allergies.
If you suffer from allergies then here are 3 simple ideas that you can consider, they are all completely natural, very easy to do and virtually free.
1. Not drinking enough clean pure water
The human body is made up of nearly 60% water and we all know that we need water to stay alive. But not many doctors talk about what happens when the body's most precious commodity is depleted. The late Dr Batmanghelidj spent many years researching and promoting the effects of water as a cure for some of the world's most common diseases.
In his book the “Water Cure” he discusses which illnesses are caused by dehydration and how drugs such as antihistamines can actually make the problem worse. He specifically talks about the relationship between dehydration and asthma like symptoms. As we breathe we breathe out carbon dioxide, oxygen, a little bit of nitrogen and water. As the body gets dehydrated it will automatically start to try to diminish the amount of water leaving the body. One way it does this is by constricting the holes in the lungs through which the water escapes and tightens the bronchials, which can result in the feeling of tight chest and diminished breathing that we associate with asthma.
He further goes on to talk about the dangers of many of our modern beverages such as softdrinks and packet juices, and how these products severely depleted the body of water. As we age our perception of thirst also starts to diminish so by the time you feel thirsty you could actually be already considerately dehydrated. Dr Batmanghelidj suggests that the best way to test for dehydration is to pay attention to the color of your urine. It should be colorless, when it turns yellow, you are slightly dehydrated and when it turns orange you are severely dehydrated and your body would be suffering from this.
So to avoid this drink more water, not cordial, not tea, not coffee. But plain old, clear, natural water.
Whether you believe water can heal or not, I do think that it's important to make sure your body gets enough water to help it cleanse toxins and function properly.
Sadly with the passing of Dr Batmanghelidj the watercure.com website is no longer functioning but you can find significant amounts of his work published in medical journals and scattered through the web. Have a look on Amazon for a copy of his book Your Body's Many Cries for Water.
2. Too much salt from processed foods and not enough high quality natural salt
We read everywhere that salt is bad for us, but what if I were to tell you that good salt is actually essential for the human body to function properly. This is what a lot of people do not understand.
So what is good salt and what is bad salt?
Bad salt is table salt, it's the salt you buy from the supermarket that is chemically manufactured and it's the salt that is contained in almost every single processed product on the market.
Good salt is natural salt from the sea, like celtic sea salt. It contains all of the essential minerals that the human body needs for proper cell nutrition.
You often think of salty foods and automatically feel thirsty. This is what happens when you eat bad salt, because your body immediately tries to flush it from your system which then starts to dehydrate the body. However good salt contains Potassium which the cells of the body require to actually absorb water. If you do not have enough potassium in your diet then it does not matter how much water your drink but your cells will never be able to absorb it.
The good news is you can easily fix this and do not even have to give up on the salt, just try and cut down on processed foods and swap your table salt for sea salt.
3. Low stomach acid levels
With the modern day consumption of alcohol, coffee, processed foods and antacids we have gradually depleted the levels of acid present the stomach.
When you chew your body starts to prepare itself for food. Initially enzymes in the saliva start to break down the food and the stomach starts to produce Hydrochloric Acid. If we produce enough stomach acid then the food will be properly broken down to then move through to the intestine where all of the essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids are absorbed into the body. These are all of the things that keep us healthy, boost your immune system, give you energy and make you feel good.
If the food is not broken down by the stomach acid enough then it will pass into the intestine in big lumps mostly undigested and all of the goodness will not be able to pass through the intestinal membrane to where it is needed most.
The best way to make sure your stomach acid levels stay on the right track is to have a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon every morning, or even better a glass of water with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar. This can take a while to get used to so start with small amounts and work your way up.